Greenfield Estate Ceylon Black Tea - Organic - Fair Trade

4 ratings
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Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Region:Sri Lanka / Ceylon
Product page:Greenfield Estate Ceylon Black Tea

This tea's info last updated: Sep. 5, 2010

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This terrific example of a high-grown Ceylon black tea hails from Sri Lanka's eastern Uva District, grown between 5,000 and 6,000 feet above sea level. Organic and Fair Trade Certified, this black tea is composed of finely twisted leaves of uniform size and dark brown color. Its full-bodied mahogany infusion represents the best of high-grown Ceylons, with a complex flavor profile, light body and classic brisk character.

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Reviewer pic90 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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The aroma is exceptionally sweet and fruity, blending notes of fresh grapes, scuppernongs, and a hint of fresh figs. There is also a very mild note of roses and malt, giving this tea a delightfully complex aroma. This might be the best smelling Black Ceylon that I have had the pleasure of sniffing.

The taste of this tea is very brisk and bright! The mouthfeel is bold, it is one of those teas that seems to fill up the mouth with a smooth flavor. The taste is earthy and nutty, with a boiled peanut quality (though not salty like the traditional Southern style boiled peanuts....oh man, now I really want some) that gives the tea a really rich taste. There is a malty finish that ties in well with the other qualities.

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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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I like this tea. It has a mild flavor, not quite as strong as I sometimes like tea, but still really good. I added cream and sugar.
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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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Yet another outstanding black tea from Arbor Teas! My initial reaction of "this is another good black tea, not the best, but really good" changed about 3/4 of the way through my cup! While this tea didn't pack as much of a punch as the Assam Black, I loved the subtle and smooth flavor and fully appreciated the velvety aftertaste it left in my mouth!
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Reviewer pic90 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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It would have been easy for me to overlook this tea if I had only brewed it once. Smooth and light, this tea has a classic high-grown character. But it took multiple steepings and some experimentation to discover how good this tea was at producing multiple cups. Among the best at making multiple infusions of any black tea I have ever tried!

Dry leaf is aromatic and very pleasing, light and with faint tones of wintergreen.

Leaf is very slow to infuse. When brewed normal strength (1tsp. of leaf and 3 minutes) the cup is surprisingly muted and frankly, not very interesting. I recommend using slightly more leaf, as the leaf takes up a bit more space, and a longer steeping time--at least 5 minutes. For making a single cup, I prefered at least an 8 minute infusion.

This tea easily produces 2 very flavorful cups with resteeping the leaf, but 3 is not hard, so long as you don't want a very robust cup. The later steepings were lighter in color but had a surprisingly rich flavor and were very pleasant.

Regardless of how you brew it, the flavor is mellow, the aroma dusty, and faintly vegetal. When brewing stronger, it becomes a bit malty. In later infusions, very clean tasting. Always fresh and light tasting.

I'd recommend this tea for someone who likes high-grown black teas that have none of the muscatel quality of Darjeelings, and a very different overall character from Darjeeling teas. It might also please people who like to resteep their tea, or someone who wants to practice Gong Fu brewing of a black tea from a country other than China--it's rare to find a Ceylon black tea that resteeps quite as gracefully as this one does.

If I judged by the first cup alone, this would not be my favorite tea from Arbor teas, but the fact that the leaves hold so much flavor through many steepings really impressed me. I think this is my new favorite.
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